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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
A new focus on job creation.
When Governor Rick Scott took office in January 2011, Florida had its highest unemployment rate since 1970, when the state began tracking it. The state had lost 800,000 jobs in four years before the Governor came into office and unemployment had risen from 3.5% to 11%. The state also suffered from the perception that it was not business-friendly.
Under Governor Scott’s leadership, it was only a matter of months before his proactive efforts and those of his new economic and workforce development teams began changing that mindset. Since taking office, Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2% (below the national average) and more than 330,000 private-sector jobs have been created.
Enterprise Florida’s mission of economic development.
One aspect of Enterprise Florida’s mission is the cultivation of competitive job creation projects – projects that are considering multiple locations for new growth or expansion. Working with our economic development partners in all 67 counties, we assist businesses looking to bring new investment in the state and those who plan to expand which may be considering options outside the state.
We continue to be relentless in our pursuit of projects. Since January 2011, EFI announced 376 new projects that are contracted to produce 43,141 new jobs and more than $4.13 billion in capital investment in our communities. Recent announcements across our state include:
Economic development is working in Florida. Enterprise Florida will continue our relentless pursuit of competitive projects and continue to bring jobs to the state by focusing on a wide range of industry sectors, including clean energy, life sciences, information technology, aviation/aerospace, homeland security/defense, financial/professional services, manufacturing and beyond.
Enterprise Florida is committed to assisting companies confidentially with their expansion and location plans. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information, trade leads and much more. We also coordinate introductions to our network of economic development partners located throughout the state.
In collaboration with a statewide network of regional and local economic development organizations, EFI helps to improve Florida’s business climate, ensuring the state’s global competitiveness.